Cover Your Legal Bases Labelle FL

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Kenneth Knight Thompson
(239) 369-5664
1150 LEE BLVD STE 1A
LEHIGH ACRES, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, General Practice, Family, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,University of Georgia
State Licensing
Florida

Sabrina Cynette Beavens
(727) 895-8050
600 1ST AVE N STE 308
ST PETERSBURG, FL
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy
Education
Stetson University College of Law,Ursinus College
State Licensing
Florida

Jennifer J Burton
(850) 362-0278
151 MARY ESTHER BLVD STE 502A
MARY ESTHER, FL
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Elder Law, Estate Planning
Education
California Western School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Richard Douglas Lyons
(239) 948-1823
Dublin House Professional Suites, 27911 Crown Lake Blvd Ste 201
Bonita Springs, FL
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Wills, Probate, Business
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida, Business School
State Licensing
Florida

Mary Watts Colon
(850) 893-4105
3520 Thomasville Road, Fourth Floor
Tallahassee, FL
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Debt Agreements
Education
The Florida State University College of Law,Auburn University
State Licensing
Florida, Georgia

Alka R. Sharma
(561) 247-0797
301 Clematis St, Suite 3000
West Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Business, Contracts, Car Accident, Insurance
Education
University of Miami School of Law,State University of New York at Buffalo
State Licensing
Florida

Gale Silbermann
(727) 461-6100
1150 CLEVELAND ST STE 300
CLEARWATER, FL
Specialties
Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Estate Planning, Family
Education
Stetson University College of Law,Rutgers University
State Licensing
Florida

Tammy Lynn de Soto Cicchetti
(850) 671-1890
2477 TIM GAMBLE PL
TALLAHASSEE, FL
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal Defense, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
Florida State University College of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Florida

Damon Elliott Gasser
(561) 447-0017
3839 NW BOCA RATON BLVD STE 100
BOCA RATON, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Wales
State Licensing
Florida

Joshua Adam Bleil
(954) 570-6757
600 W Hillsboro Blvd Ste 220
Deerfield Beach, FL
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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